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Fossil DE Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Sadie_Jean, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Sadie_Jean

    Sadie_Jean New Egg

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    I have never has chickens before but a friend gave us the 2 they had because the neighbors didn't like them. So what I need to know is; I have food grade Fossil DE, that I use in the garden for pest control. Can I use it in a coop with shaved pine, in there nesting box and in a dusting box? Also when do they start laying. They said they were around 3 1/2 to 4 months old when we got them. Our local mill sold me layer feed and said they should start laying around 21 weeks.
     
  2. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Food grade DE (fossil flour) is fine to use for that purpose and works well as long as it stays dry....
     
  3. Imp

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  4. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just used food grade DE in the coop, raked it right into the pine shavings and nesting boxes, so far so good!
     
  5. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much do you use in your shavings? My coop is 48 sq. ft.
     
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Hi Gerry,

    I never measure the amount that I use when sprinkling the food grade DE on the coop/run floor or in the nest boxed, I just do a light dusting.

    Check out my food grade DE page to see what I mean.

    Hope this is some help!
     
  7. Gerry2011

    Gerry2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, that's what I've been doing, but didn't know if I should have used more or less.
     
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    I go by less and add a bit more if needed, as needed, within a week and have had positive results.

    Sorry to the nay-sayers, not set-up to do scientific results, just going by what I know.

    And finally (after over a month of aggravation) finally got the book "Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth How-ToTips" by Tui Rose.

    So far, half of it, I'd learned by myself...the other half has been good to know, too. Well worth the money spent!
     

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